北김정은, 트럼프연설에 성명…”사상 최고 초강경 대응 고려”
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has escalated his war of words with President Trump, threatning to take the “highest level” of response to Trump’s words at the UN General Assembly.
According to Pyongyang’s top diplomat, that response could be a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean.
Kwon Jang-ho reports.
The stakes in the tit-for-tat rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea has been raised once again.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un released a statement on Friday, condemning U.S. Prsident Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly, where he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies.
Kim said instead of making any remarks that could have defused tensions, Trump spouted “unprecedented rude nonsense” that caused “worldwide concern.”
He called Trump “mentally deranged” and a “dotard”, meaning a senile old person.
Kim said the U.S. President has insulted him and the regime and pledged to take the “highest level of hard-line countermeasures.”
The statement is an unprecedented escalation in rhetoric.
It’s believed to be the first time Kim, or any of his predecessors for that matter, has made such a statement in person on state media.
However, despite this new precedent, one expert says it didn’t come as a total surprise.
(Korean – )
“Kim’s grandfather and father, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, were charismatic and had authority. They wouldn’t have dealt with this kind of situation themselves, they wouldn’t have needed to. But Kim Jong-un’s grip on authority is much weaker, so he HAS to show a strong response to Trump’s comments. It just shows his limits.”
North Korea’s top diplomat, Ri Yong-ho, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, was asked about Kim’s statement.
(Korean – YTN)
“In relation to Trump’s thoughtless words, he said he would take the highest level of countermeasures. I believe that could be a test of our most powerful hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.”
Pyongyang already carried out a nuclear test earlier this month, which it claimed to be an H-bomb.
But a detonation in the Pacific Ocean would be considered a massive step in provocations, especially as it would be outside of North Korea’s borders.
But for now, experts are skeptical such test will come any time soon..
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